There are few markets where the old adage “you get what you pay for” are more true than in the gadget market. You can spend a bit less money and get a device that is far less useful on the smartphone and tablet market.
…in fact, you can have Ollie for way less than $1 a character. Just to be clear, Ollie’s the mascot of Twitter client Twitterrific, not Twitter itself. But in a way he’s actually better, because Twitter’s mascot is just a silhouette of a bird.
The Kindle – or any eBook reader that uses E-Ink for that matter – is great for reading in bright light, because you won’t get glare or reflections on the screen. On the other hand, it’s not great for reading in a dimly lit area, which is why Amazon sells official Kindle leather covers with a built-in LED light.
This gadget won’t win points for style, and I’m sure rich folks wouldn’t be caught dead with one installed in their bathrooms. But I’m sure anyone can see how useful this little gadget could be. The LavNav – short for Lavatory Navigator – is meant to be placed on the lid of a toilet bowl.
I get the fact that some people need telepresence, but ultimately even the cheapest options can cost you thousands. That’s why I really like this telepresence robot hack from Johnny Chung Lee. The best news is that it only costs $500.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so make sure you’re well-equipped! Travel to the shop of Etsy merchant PaperRockScisorz and buy these awesome valentine cards, each with an adorable video game-related message of love.
Here’s an interesting device I never knew existed until today – a portable device that prints text messages on small strips of paper. It seems like they’ve been around for a year now, and have found both commercial and personal applications.
To-do applications are a dime a dozen. Some of them simply involve taking notes, most of them integrate with calendar software, and some are general purpose apps – if all you want is to keep a list, any text editor will do.
Thanks to the ZTE Peel, iPod Touch owners can easily convert their gadget into an iPhone. But if the device isn’t available in your area – or you’re just plain cheap – Lifehacker reader Kevin has a solution:
Kevin used the plastic packaging of his 3rd generation iPod Touch as an anchor for the stock earphones, meaning this mod cost him zero dollars.
Korean company iodd has come up with an external drive enclosure with a very practical secondary feature. The iodd 2501 Portable Virtual ROM can act as a virtual optical drive and mount ISO files. Your computer will recognize the 2501 as both an external drive and an optical drive.
The iPad’s size makes it a great portable computer. I think 10 inches is the sweet spot for browsing and watching videos. Unfortunately it also makes for an unwieldy gadget that’s hard to hold on to without a case.
Oh Sony. Sometimes you act like Brando. Your first generation PS3s are much better than the latter ones in terms of features. I think aside from the latest iPod Nano, the PS3 is the only major electronic product I know of that devolved as the years progressed.
…or at least those who own a MIDI-capable set of drums or keyboard. In case you didn’t know, Rock Band’s gaming peripherals can be crazy expensive. Drum sets can reach as high as $300, and the new money-grabber, the keyboards, can go for as much as $190.
With the popularity of Internet-capable portable devices, wireless access to the Internet becomes more and more desirable. That’s why Japanese electronics manufacturer Logitec – not to be confused with Logitech – recently released a portable wireless router that’s powered via USB.
I’ve run across a number of designs for iPad bluetooth keyboards, but most of them are quite expensive for what they are. The guys over at gadget importer EFO are now offering a model which provides both a case and a keyboard for just $50 bucks.